it has been just over one week since i had surgery on my right shoulder. no idea when i will be back to stitching since simply getting dressed is a major challenge. can’t wait to try to be able to function at work!
as i do very little, i plan new projects.
the new merry stockings catalog arrived and there are several items i would like to add to my resource center.
also on my shopping list are a couple of ehrman needlepoint kits.
these are days 1 & 6 of the creation series by alex beattie.
The last week was a fail when talking crafting. Not able to complete one row of the blanket — a couple of pieces were cut for an ornament but then I stopped.
It was a partial win when it comes to my shoulder. I went in for an MRI and that has enough info to send me to an ortho dr — appointment is tomorrow and I am optimistic that this will be productive. The results show a bursa problem that will hopefully be an in office injection that will be a one and done — not a sign of rips or tears to the rotator cuff or tendons.
I am working on my list of questions for the doctor and am optimistic!!
Boohoo, poor me. It seems that my shoulder problem is bigger than expected. As the medical experts try to figure out what is going on I plan to take these few days to do as much as I dare with my crafty activities.
This will be my new project – a good opportunity to see how well I am able to embroider as both righty and learning to be a lefty – a vintage Bucilla kit called Tiny Treasures.
I also plan to get at least a few rows completed on my bfbr blanket. By the time I am done I am hopeful that the transportation issues are resolved.
Since I keep restarting my projects and have such limited crafty time, I should have enough yarn to last a lifetime — or until I wear out the yarn.
My latest blanket has been restarted, again. This time I am using size 11 needles with two strands of yarn. (If I had a circular 10.5 I would have used that.) I am mostly following the pattern with a couple of changes for a slightly wider border – not sure why — but I did.
My shopping therapy continues with more yarn and Bucilla felt kits.
My latest not stitching project is cleaning up my blog. The free patterns sections should not have any broken links. I am amazed at the number of cross stitch designers that are no longer in business and those links have been removed. This certainly is a great reminder to save a screenshot or print off any free patterns since you never know how long they will be around.
Going forward, I will be looking for websites for new designers — fabric, cross stitch & needlepoint — and adding any freebie links that are provided.
This past week was a complete and total disaster at physical therapy — one step forward, two dozen steps back. I am more than a little frustrated but I am still confident that I will be back to stitching before long… maybe summer??? Geeze, I hope it will be sooner.
So…. this shoulder thing seems to be a baby step progression — with an occasional backslide. I am currently coming back from a backslide and what better way to feel better than a little therapy — shopping therapy.
With less than 15 minutes of crafting this week I have no progress to show but I did order this from Herrschners / Willow Yarns last night.
Super cute accessory for crafting — a tape measure bracelet!
This is my current knit blanket project–
this is a restart of the project. I am using two strands of worsted on size 10 needles. I have no idea what the finished size will be … I intend for it to be baby elephant blanket but it seems much wider than I expected so it could be a baby rhino blanket. I am stitching with Caron Jumbo and Red Heart super saver jumbo.
This one was started as a baby rhino blanket but with my shoulder injury I am finding that crochet is not my friend.
It will be put away for awhile as I continue to heal. The final size will be about 48 in by 48 in. I am stitch with Caron Jumbo.
Not particularly thrilled with either yarn, I know they will soften up after use and washing but they are quite stiff to work with. On the flip side, I love the fact that neither of them split as I am using them.
I am anxious to get back to my needlepoint.. soon!!
I have wanted this chart for quite some and had an active search on ebay for about two years. It finally popped up last weekend and arrived a few days later. I am excited to begin thinking about my “adaptation”.
This week was devoted to work related activities and not much crafting…
In my typical style, I have ripped and restarted my latest blanket and hope to get a least a few rows re-done this week.
This part week I experimented with a couple of new projects. This is an afghan that will hopefully be throw size. I am using my new needles and worsted weight held double. The pattern is based on Stylish Squares by Susan Hanlon on Ravelry.
Just a few rows done but it should go fast, even with limited crafty time.
Next is a Continuous Granny that I started yesterday.
The pattern I’m using is called Joy’s Journey by Look At What I Made. I am using worsted weight yarn and a brand new hook.
Both blankets are intended to go to Blankets for Baby Rhinos. What a great cause!
I have been dreaming of all the projects I will work on in 2018!
My evenings will be all about knitting and crocheting blankets (afghans) and my days will be spent with cross stitch, needlepoint, and a variety of sewing projects.
-complete one baby elephant blanket and one baby rhino blanket (hopefully more)
-complete one Christmas super scarf for Kendra
-piece the top for the Halo Medallion quilt from the Quilt Show BOM
-complete the equivalent of one page from Tilton’s Map of Middle Earth (xs)
-complete the equivalent of one page from HAED’s Catching the Breeze (xs)
-complete 3 Mill Hill beaded kits (xs & beading)
-start Jam Jars from Vervaco (xs)
-some progress on Carole Lake’s St Basil’s Cathedral (needlepoint)
-start (& finish?) Pat Thode’s Halloween house (needlepoint)
ok, maybe one more afghan like the header picture in grey heather.
At 30 minutes a day this is impossible!! Hope my shoulder heals quickly:)